PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Rescuing injured wildlife wasn't in this Paducah site contractor's job description, but he still gave a hoot.
Paducah infrastructure support services contractor Kyle Gore at the Department of Energy found an injured owl along Dyke Road.
Gore found the barred owl, laying face-down in a ditch.
"He was still moving," Gore said. "I walked up to it and he turned his head to look at me. I could tell his leg was broken, so after I calmed him down, I picked him up and took him back to the office."
The injured owl soon fell asleep in Gore's arms.
He contacted West Kentucky Wildlife and found a rehabilitation center for the bird of prey. The owl is being housed at the Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary in Meade County. He is expected to make a full recovery.
"It was the most awesome day I've had since I've worked here," Gore said. "It was like holding a giant Furby. He just sat in my lap and I petted him and talked to him and kept him calm."